Blogs offer a great opportunity for your brand to stand out as an authority in a chosen niche. No blogger was ever successful at their first attempt at blogging.
So the only way to be really great at blogging is to do it consistently because doing so will help you rake in more traffic to your website.
But how can you be more effective at blogging? There’s no doubt that producing, organizing and promoting content takes a lot of time.
The good thing is, there is a plethora of blogging tools for bloggers and digital marketeers to make their content marketing strategy simpler and easier.
Here’s a list of the best blogging tools you can use to stay productive with your blogging goals.
12 Blogging Tools to be More Productive with Blogging
- Blogging Platforms or CMS (Content Management System)
Here at Vodien, most of our websites are powered by WordPress. It’s popular because it’s a free, open source platform that allows anyone to customize themes, designs and plugins on a website. Aside from WordPress, you can also try these other blogging platforms:
- Domain Name and Web Hosting
If you’re starting out and you’re not ready to make a big commitment to blogging, we suggest that you try free hosting first. WordPress and Blogger offers free web hosting under their domain name (example: mywebsite.wordpress.com instead of mywebsite.com).
However, as your website grows, you might need more storage for all your files and other special features that may not available with free hosting.
It’s better to get premium domain and web hosting package for unique branding and features. For as little as S$20 per year, you can host your own domain name.
For small websites that don’t normally attract that much traffic, you can try our WebValue web hosting plan while resource-intensive sites (e.g. ecommerce sites) can get hosted with virtual private servers.
One of the proven ways to attract more traffic to your blog is through a method called Search Engine Optimization or SEO. Organic search traffic comes from anyone typing specific phrases on search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo.
The higher your rankings on search engine results page (SERP), the more traffic your blog can expect.
As soon as your blogging platform and hosting are all set up and ready, you can start creating content. But before doing so, you might want to a perform keyword research.
It’s all about searching for the terms or search phrases that your target audience is using to find a particular content on the web.
Keyword research takes all the guesswork so you can get an in-depth view of what people are actually searching. Examples of these tools are:
Another helpful tool to optimize your blog’s traffic is Yoast SEO. It’s a WordPress plugin that can improve your on-page SEO. It tweaks your blog’s meta titles, URLs, sitemaps, and social media integration. Make sure to follow their free tutorials and guides on how to maximize this plugin for your site.
- Topic Discovery
After you have lined up all your focus keywords, it’s time to generate different blog topics around these chosen keywords. There are a handful of apps to better discover blog topics but BuzzSumo is our most recommend.
It’s a powerful content discovery tool that finds blog posts with high social share. Just enter your original keyword and it will provide a list of the most shared blog posts.
Take a peek at all the successful blog posts and take them as an inspiration to create something better. So if you find a blog post that says, “5 Habits of a Successful Entrepreneur”, then why not make a longer post that includes 15 habits?
If you want to write about a topic that is currently trending, Google Trends is a good place to go. You can filter it according to specific countries and categories (e.g. Entertainment, Sports, etc.)
- Write drafts
A great portion of blogging is writing drafts. Many of the writing apps available today already comes free with your computer or downloadable from an app store on your mobile device.
These writing apps allow you to write on the go and sync it on all your devices. These two are the perfect examples of writing tools that lets you write, edit, sync and collaborate with your team.
- Check Grammar
The tone and writing style of a blog may vary depending on its target audience. What hasn’t changed much is the grammar. Make sure that you check your blog post for any errors in spelling, punctuation and other typos before publishing your blog post.
These grammar tools won’t only scan for spelling and grammar mistakes, but it will offer suggestions to improve readability, identify proper voice and choose alternative words for the right context.
- Upload photos and images
Where to find the best photos and images for your blog? We wrote a list of our favorite stock photo sites here. Most of them are free but you can pay for premium images for better image size and resolution.
The downside to using these sites is that searching for the right image might eat up a lot of your time. In this case, you need to limit yourself to browse at least 3 stock photo sites at time.
- Website Design and Theme
Some of the pre-made themes that comes free with your blogging platform may not fit to the overall design you want for your blog. Whether you have a business, portfolio or magazine-style website, there is got to be a theme design that suits your needs. Below are some of the websites where you can purchase paid themes.
But, if you don’t want to pay for ready-made themes, you can hire freelance web developers to customize it for you. These are some of the sites to find the theme designers:
- Productivity and Project Management
We swear by how much these tools help us manage productivity for our entire team which you can also use to manage your blogging tasks and other projects.
- Trello – create visual boards and lists when handling different projects.
- Evernote – use this to take notes, capture ideas, annotate PDFs, clip web pages, record audio and so many more.
- Slack – a less cluttered way to communicate with your team.
- Google Calendar – not really the best looking calendar out there but it’s good enough to sync all your events and reminders across all your mobile devices.
- Skype – aside from its main instant messaging function, you can also attach photos, videos and files to your contacts.
- Blog Analytics
To track how your blog is performing, make sure to add a tracking or analytics code to your blog.
You can start with Google Analytics since it’s free and easy to customize the report. If traffic grows later on, you may want to get a paid analytics software to provide significant data about your blog. Here are some examples:
- Website Performance
People like fast loading websites. The faster it loads, the happier the customers will be and likely to stick around your site. Research has shown that websites optimized for speed have better search rankings and conversion rate.
It’s important to check if your website is still in it’s best shape. Here’s a roundup of the sites to monitor the speed and ways to improve it.
- Blog Promotion
No matter how great your content is, nobody would know unless you share it to the world. From email list to social media sites, there are so many places to promote and get eyeballs for your blog posts. Here are some examples:
- MailChimp – create autoresponder emails from multiple lists that sends emails automatically to your new subscribers.
- Hootsuite – monitor different social media accounts, schedule blog posts and other updates under one platform.
- Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ – pick the right social media platform that suits your target audience.
Back to You
So there you have it. These are the tools we recommend you to use to maximise your productivity when blogging.
You don’t need to be an expert to be great at blogging. It takes a lot of hard work, commitment and of course,the right tools to reach success. What other blogging tools are you using to help you with your blogging? Let us know in the comments below.
Established since 2002, we are Singapore’s largest ICANN-accredited managed hosting provider. Our wide array of web hosting service features enterprise-grade servers, generous data transfers, daily backups, easy to use control panels, and our customer support is available 24/7. If you want to jumpstart your dream of becoming a blogger, just CLICK on the link below to reach our web hosting specialist.